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IAMGold Suspends Operations at Quebec Mine after earthquake reported

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(Kitco News) - IAMGold, announced Monday that it has shut down operations at its Westwood underground mine in Southern Quebec after reports of seismic activity.

The company said that the event occurred around 2:30 p.m. Friday and all underground employees were evacuated safely.

“The appropriate government authorities have been contacted and the cause of the seismic event is being investigated. The Westwood mine and mill operations are currently suspended while a business recovery plan is being assessed,” the company said in a press release.

This is the second time in as many years the Westwood operation has been impacted because of seismic activity. The mine has been operating at reduced capacity after an earthquake was reported in late 2019.

The Quebec mine has been problematic for the mid-tier producer. Last year the company reported a $395-million impairment charge related to the Quebec mine.

Before Friday’s shutdown, IAMGold was forecasting the mine to produce between 85,000 and 100,000 ounces of gold this year.

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